Tag: Roger Clemens

On This Date In History: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020


By NoontimesSports.com 

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

We hope (as usual) that everyone is doing well, staying safe, and smiling, of course. The sun is shining outside our window, but it is a bit chilly and windy today, so make sure to bundle up if you need to go outside to the store or for a walk.

Let’s take another trip down memory lane with a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ for Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Have a great day, everyone!

On This Date in History: April 22nd, 2020

  • 1876: The Boston Red Stockings defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 6-5, in the first National League game in the history of baseball.
  • 1954: At the annual owners’ meeting in New York, Daniel Biasone, who was the founding owner of the Syracuse Nationals, which would become the Philadelphia 76ers, “proposed a rule that would force each team to take a shot within 24 seconds of gaining possession.”According to the New York Times, Biasone felt 24 seconds would allow each team to attempt an average of 60 shots per game. “My idea was to keep the game going, to speed it up,” Biasone said, via Charles Paikert.
  • 1995: John Smoltz, who spent a majority of his big league career pitching for the Atlanta Braves, recorded his 3,000th strikeout on this date when he retired Washington Nationals infielder Felipe Lopez in the top of the third inning.Smoltz joined an impressive list of MLB pitchers that recorded 3,000 strikeouts or more, including Nolan RyanRandy JohnsonRoger ClemensSteve Carlton, and Bert Blyleven.
  • 2010: With the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams selected quarterback, Sam Bradford, who quarterbacked Oklahoma in the Big 12Ndamukong Suh, a defensive tackle from Nebraska, was selected second by the Detroit Lions while Gerald McCoy, who also played defensive tackle, was picked third by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The New England Patriots selected Devin McCourty with the 27th pick., McCourty, who played collegiately at Rutgers, has enjoyed a very successful career with the Patriots, winning three Super Bowls while becoming a player to watch on the defense.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020


By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Thursday – it is also the second day of April, which is somewhat exciting, right?

Sadly, today will be an indoor day due to the rain, but we must ALL stay indoors as much as possible to continue to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Let’s brighten the day (and everyone’s mood) with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – have a wonderful day, everyone!

Noontime’s Headlines for Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 

Noontime’s Latest Post: I wrote a column – well, more a commentary piece on whether the NFL should or should not press the pause button after the NFL Draft. I also shared some thoughts on video, too. 

On this Date in History 

  • 1931: Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year old girl, struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition baseball contest at Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • 1984: John Thompson leads Georgetown University to an 84-75 win over Houston in the NCAA Championship game. Thompson becomes the first African-American coach to win a collegiate championship.
  • 2001: New York Yankees pitcher (and former Boston Red Sox hurler, too) Roger Clemens becomes the American League, all-time strikeout leader, recording his 3,509th strikeout in a 7-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Few Thoughts On Clemens Perjury Trial

Did Roger Clemens earn another win for the record book? (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)

By Matt Noonan 

Once Monday’s news was announced about Roger Clemens, it became quite easy to realize that government and sports don’t coincide.

Clemens, who was acquitted of charges toward lying about steroids and human growth hormones to Congress in 2008, was officially sent out of a Washington courtroom as a “free man” on Monday.

And while many are continuing to scratch their heads over this particular case, it certainly emphasizes the fact that an athlete is more powerful than a group of non-baseball fans, ahem…the jury.

Of course, he will certainly be remembered as one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game.

The Rocket spent 24-years in the big leagues, and walked away with a record of 354-184 on the bump. He appeared in 11 All-Star Games, earned seven Cy Young Awards, paced the American League with the most wins by a flame-thrower in ’86, ’87, ’97, and ’98, and was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in 1986.

Yet, excluding those various credentials, it’s unlikely that his name will ever be scratched from the so-called, “steroids era.”

Baseball has become a game of cheaters. Players seem more focused on their various accolades than winning a World Series, and the same could possibly be said for Clemens, right?

Clemens will certainly be remembered as a cheater, as well as someone who maneuvered his way forward with various performance enhancement drugs to extend his career, and one example could be seen when he joined the Toronto Blue Jays for a two-year stint in ’97-’98.

The right-hander hadn’t earned 20 wins or more since the 1980’s, and after a few up-and-down seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Clemens’ numbers skyrocketed in Canada, as he won 41 of 54 games. He also earned two back-to-back Cy Young Awards, too.

So, did the government strike out or did Clemens earn himself another win for the record books?

Well, according to the New York Times, this particular trial was a so-called, “waste of government time, and money.” Clemens became the second Major Leaguer to sneak through the cracks — the first was Barry Bonds, who was sentenced to one month of house arrest after a seven-year investigation in April of 2011. And while Bonds was convicted on one of four charges, (obstructing justice) he still managed to walk out of the courtroom.

Clemens avoided 10 years in federal prison, but will now be faced with the difficult task of convincing the baseball writers that he deserves a spot in the Cooperstown, (he’ll need 75 percent of the ballots to earn a spot).

All in all, I believe that he cheated. Clemens, Bonds and others turned America’s Pastime into a game that’s no longer linked to the days of Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and others.

Will baseball ever resort back to the “good ole days?”

I’m not sure, but once again, the government failed to send a message to all baseball fans and players that cheating is not allowed in a game and life.

Congressional Comedy and Tragedy

Did the Rocket dodge a bullet or what?

By Dan Rubin 

It’s often said that reality makes the greatest theater. Nothing is more dramatic, intense, or captivating than a Hollywood script being played out in real life. The general feeling that what we’re watching is so real makes it surreal, and the story behind the bizarre and often times comical makes things that much better to watch on television.

It’s why so-called, “reality television” is so popular. We don’t want cartoonish or cleverly designed characters; we want the real thing. We want real heroes and villains. We want to watch real firefighters running into burning buildings, real blue-collar truckers driving on roads made of frozen lakes and streams, real relationships either flourishing or crashing and burning. We want to see what happens to a mother on trial for murder, a football star arrested for breaking federal laws regarding dog fighting or guns, or a storied program breaking rules.

In the true spirit of the comedy and tragedy faces of theater, we also love a good laugh. We love hearing about a baseball legend’s bowel movements (YouTube… “George Brett’s Spring Training story if you’re up for a crude laugh”), a basketball player changing his name to something absurd, (thank you Ron Artest) and a coach’s foot fetish video (a.k.a Rex Ryan).

We eat all of that up because the laughter of reality makes us all watch it a little bit longer, and it makes us all want to watch it for a little bit more.

Continue reading “Congressional Comedy and Tragedy”

Noonan: Few Thoughts on Jeter’s 3,000th Hit

Derek Jeter became the newest member of the 3,000 club on Saturday!

By Matt Noonan 

Move over Bernie Mac because we’ve officially witnessed the newest member of the 3,000 club, Derek Jeter.  

Jeter connected on his 3,000th hit on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx against Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price. Yet, this particular “hit” was certainly special, since it didn’t land in the outfield or infield grass, but instead, the bleachers.

Fans pushed and shoved one another to get their paws on a piece of history, while the Yankees players and coaches rushed the field to meet their captain at the plate with high-fives, hugs and smiles.

As a casual baseball fan, I was overjoyed to see Jeter become the newest member of the 3,000 club. He joins guys like Roberto Clemente, Wade Boggs, Ricky Henderson andCal Ripken Jr., just to name a few.

Yet, what exactly does this accomplishment mean, especially in the wacky world of the MLB?

Well, I guess it’s fair to say that despite all the cheating or doping, as well as franchises going under due to economic woes, (thank you, Frank McCourt), it’s a special moment that allows even the more relaxed fan to say, “wow, I just witnessed history!”

Hey, this is Derek Jeter we’re talking about, the true poster boy for the New York Yankees, so of course, it’s special and important, right?

Although, does this particular at-bat remind anyone of Mark McGwire’s 70th home run?

Could Jeter’s 3,000th hit have any parallels to Barry Bonds‘s 756th home run?

In all honesty, there’s so many moments that one could compare this particular event too, but seriously, I’m very happy to see that Jeter earned this glorious moment because he definitely deserved it.

In fact, it’s refreshing news, especially after spending the past week reading about Roger Clemens’s trial.